Although each patient is unique, everyone follows a fairly predictable journey throughout their experience with Long Island Spine Specialists. Here is a general look at what to expect when you select our state-of-the-art center for help treating your spine condition.

STEP 1: THE CONSULTATION

Your journey with our facility will begin with your initial consultation. During this appointment, we will spend a great deal of time getting to know you.

We will talk to you about your symptoms and pain locations and triggers, and we will begin the process of identifying potential causes for your discomfort. From there, we will discuss next steps in the diagnostic process and schedule a follow-up appointment to begin performing pertinent tests.


STEP 2: THE DIAGNOSIS

The process of diagnosing a spinal condition can be fairly elaborate, depending on your circumstances and the suspected cause of your symptoms.

In most cases, it will involve:


A full physical examination

During the physical exam, our spine specialists will assess your symptoms and pain levels. This process can reveal important information that will guide the process moving forward.

Imaging tests

Imaging tests – including MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays – are commonly involved in the diagnostic process. These tests allow us to visualize the structures deep within your body so that we can pinpoint the precise cause of your pain.

Diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests involve injecting an anesthetic into an area that we suspect is causing your pain – such as the sacroiliac joint, the facet joint or a spinal disc. If the medication briefly relieves your symptoms, we can confirm the source of your discomfort.

STEP 3: CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT APPROACHES

Once we have obtained a definitive diagnosis, we typically begin with conservative treatment approaches in an attempt to resolve your condition in the least invasive way possible.
Depending on your diagnosis, this process may include a combination of the following:

  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Chiropractic care
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Stretches

STEP 4: SURGICAL INTERVENTION

If conservative treatments are not successful in restoring your pain-free lifestyle, surgery may be necessary. In this case, our orthopedic surgeons will counsel you on your options and review the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of the proposed procedure.

If you decide to move forward with back surgery, we will guide and support you throughout the entire process, ensuring that you receive safe, effective and comprehensive care that successfully resolves your pain and helps to restore an improved quality of life.

A few of the back surgeries we offer include:

  • Total disc replacement
  • Decompressive surgery
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Laser spine surgery
  • Spinal fusion
  • And more
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